NOVEMBER 2015 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 66)
Subject: NOVEMBER 2015 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 66)
Send date: 2015-11-01
Issue #: 66
NOVEMBER 2015 ISSUE 66
PROJECT SHOWCASE: MODERN LIVINGBy Nicole Kow
The Modern theme has been a trend that many homeowners gravitate. The clean lines, simplistic design and almost fuss-free maintenance are just a couple of characteristics associated when most people think of the trending theme. While design can delve into minimalistic to geometrically inspiring, the Modern theme can thread on the perception of cold and unhomely. However, such a statement while at times true doesn’t deem in existence at Nic & Wes. For it is here that our motto of “Designing And Building Lifestyle Homes To Be Proud Of” is the pillar stone for breaking that distinct connotation of Modern homes.
Heading back into the estate where the Nic & Wes brand has built many a home over the course of its existence, an intermediate-terrace home with a land size of about 1390 sq. ft. now stands as a two-storey plus attic with a built-up of approximately 3100 sq. ft. tall from its former single storey state a little over a year ago.
Modelled as a Modern-style home, the monochromatic palette of grey and white on the exterior has become an identity stamp for the theme. As most intermediate terrace homes are confined to a rectangular profile, working with walls by either pushing in or pulling them out breaks the façade’s bland shape for a more 3-d like effect. And as with the Modern appeal, the inclusion of metal in the form of banisters or geometric screens work well with the theme.
An estate with a history of flooding due to being located within low-lying grounds, the current home was designed above road level. While flooding rarely occurs after the rectification works of the underground canals, the simple addition of stairs and the elevation of the first storey becomes a useful design tweak as a safety precaution requirement.
Entering into the main door, the depth of the home still remains well lit and ventilated which counteracts the setback of most intermediate terrace homes. In order to achieve proper ventilation and natural light entering into the home, making use of the front and rear to incorporate windows and doors is essential. Keeping walls to a minimal and opening up the space further aids to a well-ventilated home.
A growing request in homes these days, a lift servicing the main areas and bedrooms is a useful feature that works especially with multi-generation families. With travelling from floor to floor easily, such a feature allows homes not to confine the “granny's room” to the first floor. In addition, keeping a home lift glassed up not only enhances the space aesthetically but doesn’t create a claustrophobic feel for users.
To the side of the home, a honey-hued part-open riser staircase seamlessly makes way to the 2nd floor. The use of wood elements warms up the cold connotation of Modern homes for a more homely effect. Another design element to create natural light into the home, the ceiling of the stairway opts for glass creating a unique light-well that takes on an interesting play on the juxtaposition of materials between the concrete walls and glass.
On to the second floor, bedrooms are the focal function of the level. While a common bathroom is practical in serving the inhabitants of the floor, an alternative layout of a joint bathroom in-between two bedrooms serves for a more exclusive ensuite design.
Rising on to the final level of the home, a luxurious master bedroom with open concept bathroom takes up almost the entire space. Making use of the roof’s springing lines, doing away with a false ceiling maximizes the height of the room for a spacious and luxurious feel.
Unlike most homes, the feature of this space lies in its open-concept bathroom tucked to the back corner of the room that provides the balance of privacy and connection with the bedroom. Incorporating a concrete-cast sunken bath has become a favourite feature among clients making the option for the ever occasional soaks as convenient as daily showers.
And just outside of the master suite, a balcony overlooking the surrounding estates becomes the icing on the cake to unwind at the end of the day.
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